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Overcoming path dependency through dynamic capabilities in an industrialized house building company: a case study
Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Industriellt och hållbart byggande.
(Engelska)Manuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Theoretical research has argued that dynamic capabilities, in the form of managerial activities for exploration and exploitation, are crucial for the long-term survival and prosperity of companies. Empirical research on dynamic capabilities is, however, scarce. Especially the construction sector needs understanding on concrete managerial activities that will help companies to overcome their path dependencies and in the long run to transform their project-based business towards process-based business with higher quality and productivity through industrialisation. We conducted a longitudinal case study of a traditional construction company that was able to transform into a successful industrialised timber house-building company. Our data consists of interviews and archival data over the pars 25 years. We analyse the interplay between the external house-market development, the case company managers’ exploitative and explorative activities, and the application of company’s external resources between the years 1993 and 2018. Our case findings show that collaboration with other organisations and an entrepreneurial mind-set of the company managers have enabled the company to change its focus over the years, in response to external changes and market needs. Our case reveals how path dependency and dynamic capabilities have moulded the case company over the years.

Nyckelord [en]
Dynamic capability, Industrialised house building, Longitudinal case study, Path dependency
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Byggproduktion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71476DiVA, id: diva2:1261316
Tillgänglig från: 2018-11-07 Skapad: 2018-11-07 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-09-11
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1. Understanding development of dynamic capabilities in industrialized house building: A case study
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2018 (Engelska)Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Industrialized house building of multi-storey residential buildings is not only gaining practical importance in Sweden but is also emphasized as a way for companies to address the demands for lower and more predictable production costs, shorter delivery times and higher product quality. However, to be competitive on the market, IHB companies need to protect and capitalize their specific investments into platforms and organizations. The engagement inplatforms and industrialized way of working, it is not just about the complexity of integration but it is also about having a capability over time to handle this market variation (i.e. dynamic capabilities). Industrialized house building has mainly been investigated from an operational view, leaving a gap in the characterization from a strategical (dynamic) view.

Purpose of this research is to increase understanding about industrialized house building, from a dynamic capability view, described the characteristics of industrialized house building through exploring and describing the evolution and development of and industrialized house building company. An in-depth, longitudinal case study approach was adopted to get and deeper understanding of the development of dynamic capabilities in an industrialized house building company. The unit of analysis was the long-term interaction between house-market development, the case company’s business development, and external collaboration activities between the years 1993 and 2018. The findings from the case study were then analyzed against a theoretical framework based on dynamic capabilities.

Industrialized house building can be characterized by a set of dynamic capabilities constructs that are evolved and developed in order to cope with the changing conditions derived from both internal and external factors, entailed in entrepreneurship and long-term thinking. The findings indicate that the organization's focus may vary between different kinds of dynamic capabilities over-time. In addition, findings indicate that development of dynamic capabilities supporting collaboration and building trust to the market was of importance at the beginning of their journey. These dynamic capabilities evolved in close relations with external partners, due to external market pressure. This study also indicates that path dependency affects the development of dynamic capability, through collaboration, trust, and learning – which influence how the company behaves and through their investments in a platform constraining future actions.

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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2018
Serie
Licentiate thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1757
Nyckelord
Industrialized house building, Dynamic capability, Case study
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Byggproduktion och teknik
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71478 (URN)978-91-7790-260-7 (ISBN)978-91-7790-261-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2019-02-06, F231, Luleå tekniska universitet, Luleå, 09:00 (Engelska)
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Tillgänglig från: 2018-11-07 Skapad: 2018-11-07 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-07-12Bibliografiskt granskad

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